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Reptiles & amphibians

Erhards wall lizard (Podarcis erhardii)

Description

The Erhards wall lizard is not one of the biggest lizards that can be found in nature, with a body length of 7cm, and the tail that can double this value. It is usually greyish-brownish, sometimes green. The back is edged by two white stripes, underneath of which there is a net-like pattern. The underside can be yellow, white, red or orange, but for the population in the Agean islands it can also be green or blue. Females tend to be more striped than males.

Habitat

The Podarcis erhardii originally comes from Southern Europe, particularly the Balkans and the Aegean islands, in Greece.

It finds it ideal habitat in open places, rocky areas, and dense vegetation.

Diet

The Erhards wall lizards only feeds on insects, mostly arthropods.

Protection Status

This species is listed as “Least Concern” by IUCN Red List.

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